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CSP welcomes Hunt's focus on integration

CSP press release published on 13 May 2013

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has responded to comments by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, about introducing a 'named individual' system to improve the integration of health and social care services.

Sue Browning, deputy chief executive at the CSP, said:

"We have been calling for better integration of health and social care services so we welcome Mr Hunt's focus on this issue.

“Too many patients are left in hospital longer than necessary due to a lack of coordination between key professionals, or because important services like community physiotherapy are not quickly available to allow their rehabilitation to continue at home.

"This can be traumatic for the patient and very costly for the NHS.

“Early access to physiotherapy can be vital to help keep patients out of hospital and living independently at home so it is important that these services are better integrated.

“Physiotherapists working in the community are well-placed to help that process so we look forward to contributing to Mr Hunt’s review.”

For further media information about the CSP please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 1111, email pressoffice@csp.org.uk. Out of hours please call Becca Bryant, head of press and PR (job-share) on 079172 40819, Jennie Edmondson, head of press and PR (job share) on 07786 332197, Jon Ryan, media and PR officer on 07917 091200 or Paul Marston, media and PR officer, on 07766 994141.

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